that's life! Issue 43, 2021

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2 min

One of our Warm Fuzzies this week, on page 74, gave me extra warm fuzzies and a flood of wonderful memories. For all of her 93 years, Phyllis Brinkerhoff has loved the Hokey Pokey dance. Although I am of a very different generation, I'm happy to admit, I do too! I have such a strong memory of balls and dances at the Balmain Town Hall, where families would turn up with eskies full of food and drinks and sit at tables covered in butcher's paper. All the grown-ups and kids of all ages would do old-fashioned dances, such as the progressive barn dance, which I loved. And at the end of the night, we'd all form an enormous circle around the dance floor and do the Hokey Pokey. The best…

1 min
we love you!

Tracy-lee made some friends at Gnomesville, near Bunbury in WA. Alison Buys, Butler, WA Mandy, Chicky and Barbeque are happy to be held by my two sons Joe, four, and Andy, eight, and their friend Tahnee, seven (left). Kelli Bout, Aloomba, Qld It was a very special day visiting Low Head Lighthouse in Tasmania. This piece of Australian history was built in 1888. Irena Golab, Bagdad, Tas My lovely mum, Yvonne, celebrated her 80th birthday in March. Mum has been an avid fan of that’s life! for many years. Liz Ennis, Lawnton, Qld It’s hard being separated by COVID-19, but photos of my nephew Freddie, four months, and niece Bea, two, brighten my day. Sarah Firth, Redfern, NSW I love looking back at this picture of my wife and me hiking The Narrows at Zion NP, in the USA, in…

4 min
our surprise baby saved my life

Amanda Mancini, 34, Cobram, Vic You’re not going to believe this, babe,’ I told my husband Marcus, calling him at work. ‘I’ve just done a test and I’m pregnant!’ ‘Seriously?’ he gulped. We already had our wonderful kids Sebastian, then three, and Talia, one, and weren’t planning more. In fact, we’d just sold all our baby gear, so this was a huge surprise. Marcus was almost too shocked to speak, but he soon warmed to the idea. When I began bleeding at eight weeks, he rushed me to the doctor, worried sick about me and our bub. ‘I think I’m miscarrying,’ I cried to the GP. ‘The baby’s fine,’ the doctor said, after tests. ‘Some women bleed throughout their pregnancy. That will probably happen to you.’ He was right. Every two weeks or so, I’d bleed again. Each time, we…

1 min
what is cervical cancer?

A type of cancer that starts in the cervix, the hollow cylinder that connects the lower part of a woman’s uterus to her vagina. Symptoms are unusual bleeding, vaginal discharge, pain in the pelvis, needing to urinate more often, pain during urination and intercourse. Many women don’t realise they have the disease because symptoms are mistaken for periods or urinary tract infections (UTIs). The five-year survival rate for cervical cancer is 74 per cent. If you notice any symptoms, see your doctor.…

4 min
i helped jail an evil rapist

Ashlea Page, 28, Sydney, NSW Stuffing clothes into my bag, I carefully tiptoed out the front door. Mum and Dad are going to be so mad when they find out, I thought. Aged 16, I had a good relationship with my parents, but I just didn’t like following their rules. So, when my friend invited me to move in with her and her friend Aron, 19, I jumped at the chance. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have curfews and didn’t need to ask for permission for anything. Instead, I’d stay up late watching TV with Aron and we’d go for drives. After living there for four weeks, Aron and I started dating and life seemed good. But when I fell pregnant a month later, I was filled with panic. ‘I’m too young,’ I said to…

4 min
wally the warrior! tiny but mighty

Ben Pohlner, 47, Tower Hill, Vic Walking into the house, I breathed a contented sigh. My wife Sarah, 46, and I had spent a busy morning at a farmers’ market selling our freshly grown vegies and it was nice to be home. But before I could relax, I wanted to check on our sheep as it was lambing season. We have a small flock that help us out by eating the leftovers after a vegetable harvest. Walking into the paddock, I saw a newborn lamb was already up and feeding. The mum and baby didn’t need any help from me, but as I turned to go back to the house, I saw something tiny and white in the grass. Getting closer, I realised it was a fully formed lamb – barely bigger than a can of…